Shah Zaman Lecturer Sociology at Department of Behavioral Sciences represented Karakoram International University at the International Leadership Program in London. The program is an initiative to bring together global thinkers from around 25 countries globally. He was part of 54 global leaders selected out of 10,000 applicants.
The program took place between 12th March to 24th March 2017 at Marriot Windsor/Heathrow and at Cumberland lodge in London.
Mr. Zaman met many global leaders, which include his Excellency Nobel Laureate Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, former secretary general of United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan and many other imminent Sociologists, Psychologists and Historians. Mr. Satyarthi is an advocate of children rights globally who has so far freed over 85000 children from slavery. The meeting was very fruitful and inspired by Zaman’s work, Mr. Satyarthi offered him to join his network to safeguard child rights in Pakistan. He liked the cultural cap and praised the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Zaman also met His Royal Highness Prince Charles and exchanged views about socio economic conditions of Pakistan. Issues like intolerance and rise of extremism also came under discussion during the meeting. Looking at the cultural cap of Gilgit-Baltistan Prince Charles excitedly said “O! I know this cap” and shared memories of his last visit to the region. Zaman reminded him of the Yak offered to him by the people of Hunza and inquired about its health in a light mood and Prince Charles replied, “I really love it and I wish I could have taken it over here”. He invited His Royal Highness to Pakistan and requested him to visit Gilgit-Baltistan again which he graciously accepted and hinted to expect him in the celebrations of 70th Birthday of Pakistan on 14th of August 2017.
Mr. Zaman represented Karakoram International University at the program in a very inspiring manner, benefited the program and the participants. The instructors and organizers applauded his leadership skill and intellectual contribution to make the program more meaningful. Participants from around 25 countries also praised his matured approached during the sessions of the program. They promised to take collaborative efforts for the development of their regions.